Stevie Ray, 25, Was Preparing for Retirement Before UFC Deal

Tom Rooney, writing for MMA Junkie, speaks with Stevie Ray.

Ray:

When I was training full-time and not working, I was living a pretty rubbish life – not having a lot of money, with two kids and not having a car. I’ve been on a rollercoaster the last few years. In February I got a job working full-time as a fitness instructor, so I was working eight hours a day and then going to training at night. But when I got the email from my manager about the UFC calling, I quit there and then.

Ray looked exceptional in his debut against Marcin Bandel last month. I’m glad UFC didn’t wait any longer to come to Scotland, which seems to have focused their scouting spotlight on local talent there.

I can’t wait to see his next fight – presumably on the Glasgow card.

— MMAO